Narveson ready for new role in bullpen

Narveson ready for new role in 'pen

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson had no advance notice that he would be called upon on Opening Day. Now he'll have to get used to that feeling.

Narveson will remain in the bullpen for the foreseeable future after the Brewers on Wednesday named Jeff Suppan their fifth starter. Manager Ken Macha hinted that both Narveson and fellow starting candidate-turned-reliever Manny Parra would be safe when the Brewers make the roster move next week necessary to activate Suppan from the disabled list.

"I think that's the thing about pitching out of the bullpen -- you always have to be ready," Narveson said. "I don't think there's going to be a defined situation, so you just go out there and pitch."

Does he have to adjust his style to fit a bullpen role?

"I hope not," Macha said. "He should know what pitches work for him, what combinations work for him, how he has to pitch in order to get people out. It's not like I'm bringing him in to face one lefty; I've got somebody for that."

That would be lefty Mitch Stetter, who debuted on Tuesday and retired the Rockies' Todd Helton in a tight spot. With Narveson and Parra stretched out and available for multiple innings, Macha has more flexibility than ever to use Stetter and the rest of the late-inning relievers in shorter stints.